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Spiritual Disciplines Part IV
5/5/2016

Stewardship

So he called him and said to him, “What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.  Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:2, 10-13 (NKJV)

We are looking at a six part devotional series titled, Spiritual Disciplines. In this devotional we will begin to look at our next spiritual discipline, which is:

·      Stewardship

The principle of biblical stewardship is actually very simple—we own nothing—everything we have is God’s! Some people have a problem with this biblical truth, as they believe their money is their own—believing they earned it on their own, therefore they can spend it as they see fit. But everything we have is from God, and it has been given to us by God to sustain our needs and to invest into other lives as well—we are to be accountable for what we have, because we have been entrusted to manage it properly.

you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’  “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NKJV)

Q:         So how should this affect our decision making with regard to what we possess?

Well, if God owns everything and we are to manage what He has graciously given us, then we should be consulting Him in every purchase and decision we choose to use these resources for. It isn’t the size of the gift God has given us that is important, but what is done with it. The only way we can properly manage God’s resource is to seek His will by petitioning Him in prayer; by reading His Word, and by listening for the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with regard to our money and how it is to be used?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you asking God how to spend and invest the money that He has entrusted to you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it a goal to be the steward that God desires. Discipline yourself by taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for all provision—for my health, resources, wisdom and discernment. Thank You for my family, my homes, my income, and everything else You have provided for my life. Help me today to be a better steward of these resources.  Forgive me for any poor stewardship on my part. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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